Traumatic memories of too much Tresor in years past have left me very wary of Lancome; but this very lovely fragrance has won me over. The dusty powder of the iriswhich can go so very wrong (as it does, I think, in Tresor)is kept in check by the damp sweetness of all the gourmand notes, which are themselves restrained almost to abstraction. Tonka bean gives the whole composition a comforting gravity. I do not like it one bit, but I can't stop smelling it. That's a winner.
La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme, 2012
Rated #1360 in Fragrances
With a name like that youve got to be aiming at putting a smile on the wearers face, and to its credit La Vie Est Belle, even while showing all the telltale signs of design by committee, is a good stab at conveying the spirit of optimism in olfactory terms. First, it gives people what they like. Theres something sweet for our diabetic age: patchouli, praline, tonka, treated in a carefree, candy floss manner. Images of Isabella Lwin romping on a beach against a dayglo sky, singing I Want Candy come to my mind (Youre the guy the doctor ordered/ So sweet you make my mouth water). There are tart, bouncy, fruity notes for contrast; shorthand for youthfulness, it would appear. The floral notes are light, abstracted and stripped of indolic portentousness, so white floral haters can approach without fear. Second, it disdains obvious complexity and depth; nothing is going to weigh down its tread. Of course the perfumers (three were involved) would probably disagree, it likely takes considerable fine tuning to balance the notes. On that question of balance, it would be remiss not mention the iris, which is calmly right at the centre of this perfume, bringing a touch of something vegetal and aloof, around which revolve the other tailwagging puppy dog notes. Does it make me go, Oh wow just what Ive been waiting for? No. There are way too many of these kinds of creations out there; its a kind of Disneyfication of perfumery aimed at women. Nonetheless, it is skilful in what it does and many will take it to their hearts. Its also the kind of perfume one could safely gift to someone who likes wearing perfume but doesnt have pronounced tastes.
White florals are usually not my cup of tea. Also, when I see jasmine and patchouli in the line up in the same frag; that's enough to scare me off right there. Luckly I ignored my first instincts and got a sample of La Vie. I must say - pretty, very pretty. The fruitiness keeps the jasmine and the other florals from becoming too overpowering. The patchouli in the base is a just a whisper, which is wonderful. I cannot take massive amounts of patchouli. Here it is refined and combines so well with the total accord. This is the first Lancome frag I have liked in a long while.
This is an absolutely gorgeous fragrance. I just purchased a bottle of this today, after testing the scent in Macy's the day before. I have been reading many reviews, and it seems everyone is concerned with the popularity of gourmand scents....that this is just another to add to the group, and that they will smell like everyone else..... I do love the gourmand scents, and I especially love the softness to a powdery dry-down, so if that is your style this scent is for sure for you. Before purchasing, my go-to scent was Flowerbomb, (or Dolce and Gabanna The One) FB is similar to La Vie Est Belle....but I think FB is much sweeter. I can actually pin point each layer of scent in this perfume....From the pear and current in the top notes, the Iris and orange blossom in the middle notes, to the lovely vanilla, praline, patchouli dry-down....it is simply lovely and elegant. It has great lasting power as well, It is a strong scent so use sparingly (although, I don't think it is any stronger than FB is). It is classy and sexy....the husband absolutely loves it. I am extremely happy with this purchase :) Lancome does not disappoint with this one. And, I'm glad my mother hated it LOL, she's the one who stole Tresor from me years back....(and so, I became a Flowerbomb-er :) I do have several scents that I wear from time to time, LOVE all the Philosophy (pure grace is my favorite) and CLEAN lines, and I also like Tocca Guiletta, just to get an idea of my tastes. I hope you all enjoy this scent as much as I am :) And to all of you who have all these rotten things to say about Julia Roberts and her photo........what is WRONG with you LOL? She is gorgeous, I hope I age that well. <3 Monique
Very strong, long lasting and with killer projection, this gourmand release is a must-try for people who are looking for a modern, slighty powdery and fun scent. Is linear, and even if not original at all, worths the try. The charming presentation adds some points to this one.
Vibrant...basically, a party in a bottle.
Good stuff, and very yummy. To my nose its a little Coco Mad with a lush raspberry. Either way, "very seductive fruity gourmand" as stated by SteelerOpera is exactly right. Launched at the right time too as I think this will do well for fall/winter. A bit pricy, but I think you will be able to score a good deal online soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Another very nice fragrance from Lancome. They have really turned things around in the last few years with releases like this, Tresor in Love and the wonderful Midnight Rose. This one is a very seductive fruity gourmand, luckily it is not like the typical fruity florals that are dominating women's frags these days. At first I got a lovely peach note from this, but it may be the pear combined with the orange blossom, either way it is a lovely concoction. Longevity does not seem to be as great as with Midnight Rose, but I will have to test further. A little on the expensive side, but recommended.
La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme, 2012
|Top Notes||blackcurrant, pear|
|Middle Notes||iris, jasmine, orange blossom|
|Base Notes||tonka bean, vanilla, praline, patchouli|
|Perfumer||Dominique Ropion / Olivier Polge|
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